The period between 59tth to this 60th AGM has been very eventful, BPS gained new heights and support . In short during the past three yrs BPs could achieve what it could not in 57 years . Thanks to digitalization, internet & Social media not only that BPS has reached every nook & corner of the country, it has reached 33 countries internationally . In an historical event BPS was short listed by 7th CPC to represent C.G. Pensioners in the final round table discussion/ evidence on 17.02.2015. It was perhaps the first time in the history of pay commissions that a pensioners Federation was invited twice to give presentation &to tender evidence, BPS could discuss with 7th CPC & forcefully represent pensioners burning issues such as 100% parity ,Pension to be 2/3rd of last drawn, adequate hassle free medical facilities to all pensioners with smart card for cashless treatment in emergencies etc etc It continues to be a a member of Advisory Committee for Web-based Pensioners Portal, Govt. of India. It also continues to be one of the identified Pensioners organization of GOI . BPS continued to be involved in social welfare activities for the good of the Civil Society BPS Vice president (WZ) Com, J.N.Rao once again carried BPs greeting to Japanese counterparts and represented at International Seminar on Space and Peace - Space for Peace from 29th July to 2nd August at Kyoto, two papers relating to 'Weaponisation of Space - where India stands?' and 'Global Military Bases, in 2013 BPS had succeeded in getting OM dated 28.1.2013 regarding 6th CPC modified parity wef 24.9.2012 even when the case was subjudice. In July 2015 after a long struggle BPS succeeded in getting the benefit extended wef 1.1.2006 BPS could also get benefit of CSD canteen to defence civilian pensioners& CGHS facilities to KVS pensioners. After years of struggle Rly Bd had agreed to issue Smart cards to RELHS beneficiaries orders though issued on 18.7.2012 were not implemented. However, due to BPS pressure through Social media Rly Bd has now constituted a committee on 11.9.2015 for implementation of Smart card facility to RELHS beneficiaries and have delegated powers to GMs to enter into MOU with CGHS empanelled hospitals. Similarly we are constantly pursuing with DOP&PW to improve Grievance redressal mechanism CPENGRAMS so that grievances are not closed on flimsy grounds. BPS once again donated Rs one lac for the assistance of earthquake victims. However, if you ask me to quote one good achievement then I will quote the case of a Dalit Tribal widow whose name was not existing in the PPO of her late husband. BPS could get family pension sanctioned to this poor lady 3 yrs after the death of her husband. Bharat Pensioners Samaj today stands accepted as the largest pensioner’s body in the country & is held in high esteem by Pensioners as well as by the administration. Not only that we have been seeking Govt. support in deficient areas but have been actively involved in the Welfare of the Civil society. BPS campaign for Organ & body donation through its affiliates NFRPA Guwahati , S.E.C.Rly Pensioners Association Nagpur, RPWA Sharanpur, Govt pensioners associations Mujaffar Nagar and Sharanpur is catching up with good response. BPS is a participant in the activities of All India Peace & Solidarity Organization through its Vice President (West Zone)Sh. J.N.Rao..
S G BPS and other office bearers have been moving over the length & breadth of the country to connect with stake holders, MOU partners, well wishers & supporters. BPS Balance Sheet for the financial year 2014-15 has been the highest ever. BPS in its own office which can be viewed live online, has 4 computers with operators and video conferencing facility. BPS today has an audience of well over 17lac on Social media. It also has facility of sending mass SMS & Mass email. BPS today within minutes can share information with its affiliates, associates, MOU partners & members in every corner of country & internationally. BPS monthly magazine ‘Bharat Pensioner’ circulation has been rising, its E. Edition is also being published simultaneously which has a circulation of around 64000 (soft copies) every month. There have been hassles & complaints in delivery of hard copies of monthly Journal. Secy. PR Sh K.L.Malhotra is now regularly monitoring & removing glitches we are sure to improve its delivery shortly..
BPS 3C action plan 'communicate, coordinate and consolidate' is now catching-up with MOU partners & sister organizations. On popular suggestions & feed back 4th 'C' has been added to it i.e. 'Contribute' : Let every superannuated person contribute wisdom, thoughts ,ideas, efforts, knowledge, experience and whatever she/he can conveniently afford including money to the common cause to make ‘3C’ “ROAD MAP” a success. BPS has recently launched Pilot project-'Pensioners own media' through which it is trying to make available publications of pensioners organizations on one Platform.
Besides adoption of modern methods and digital technology, BPS continue time-tested conventional system to remain connected with grass-root levels.
During the past three years we have been moving ahead making amends, improvements and weaving a network for better wkg which has resulted in heavy gains for the organizations. Bharat Pensioners Samaj is a Federation of Pensioners Associations as such emphasis is to give more representation in BPS MC to affiliated Associations covering different departments and regions of the country especially t o induct computer/internet savvy representative of affiliates. BPS is committed to this policy & will continue its efforts in this direction.
Country is moving fast with digital technology & paperless working, for survival we will have to keep pace with changing scenario. Change is law of nature, leaders need to be visionary & amenable to change. We will be failing in our duty if we do not strive to bring in younger blood equipped with modern technology & nurture next line of leadership to match changing digital scenario. There is urgent need to handover the organization to a new computer/internet savvy younger persons capable of taking the organization forward, meeting the rising aspirations of our affiliates & members at least by 2017’.
Ladies & gentlemen : Success, Name & Fame do not come alone, certain evils too creep in along-with. Unfortunately wrong feeling start inculcating giving rise to takeover aspirations. There may also be attempts to takeover through unconstitutional methods, thus we have to jealously guard against destructive mindsets.
1. Ratio between minimum and maximum: Instead of reducing it is raised which is against the preamble of the Constitution of Indian Republic.
Quantity of Milk is taken to be 200ml per unit per day which is too little for a vegetarian, rate of Milk is taken to be Rs 37.40 per Kg which is lower than market rate.
However, its recommendations regarding Health insurance for pensioners do not suit existing pensioners on account of no coverage of existing disease without lock-in period, no provision of OPD facility , payment of premium and less amount of coverage.
Under signed, wish to draw your kind attention to para 9.5.18 (iii) of the 7th CPC and request you to creat without delay a combined entity of CGHS, ECHS-RELHS which in terms of 7th CPC would result in a very strong network of health facilities for the Central Government employees/pensioners across the length and breadth of the country.
The Vision ahead
After going over the length & breadth of the country & interacting with different organizations I realize that less than20% pensioners have joined one or the other organization out of which not even1% are active participants. Most of the organizations have not developed 2nd line of leadership & running the risk of going down the drain. As standard of fitness of civil pensioners is not as good as of ex servicemen, due to their immobility & old age disabilities at National level we are not in a position to gather few thousand pensioners for protest march etc at local level also this strength gets limited to few hundred only.
There is urgent need for each one of the pensioners’ organization to launch membership campaign & persuade more & more pensioners to join hands, more & more pensioners should come on social media sites to shatter the misconception being created against pensioners at National level I feel we must revive BCPC to provide a common platform to all Federations, National/state/district level pensioners organizations to come together. Additionally as a long term remedy all pensioners organizations are requested to consider adoption of 4 "C" fomula i.e. Communicate coordinate, consolidate & contribute